Somalia: ANHRI Denounces the Arrest of Journalists in Mogadishu

Cairo March 13, 2013

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), strongly denounces assaulting journalists by the police forces, as the journalists were covering the hearings of the regional court in Mogadishu. ANHRI also denounces beating, arresting and severely wounding a journalist.

On Saturday March 9, 2013, the police forces assaulted five journalists who were covering the hearings of the regional court in Mogadishu, as the police forces assaulted and threatened to use violence with them, although they have show the approval of the judge; who invited them to cover the hearings. The police forces severely beat them in addition to arresting them without legal justification.

On Thursday March 7, 2013, the police forces assaulted the journalist “Ahmed Anwar” Universal TV correspondent in Britain, by beating and severely wounding him which resulted in going to hospital to receive treatment.

ANHRI said that “assaulting and preventing the journalists from performing their duty, although they have shown all the required approvals, by the police forces, are a serious violation to the right to access to information and a challenge to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in which Somalia is a signatory”.

ANHRI added that “the file of the Somali violations against the rights of the journalists and access to information have broadened significantly since the beginning of 2013. The relevant authorities must take all the required measures to halt the assaults against the journalists during performing their duty, particularly as in the frame of the aim of the current government to be internationally recognized and establishing relations with other countries”.

ANHRI demands from the authorities to immediately release the detained journalists and to treat Abdullah Nour on the government expenses and guarantee all the journalists rights in addition to reveal the involved persons in such assault and hold them accountable.

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